In July of 2011, an unpleasant incident at an atheism conference prompted a much needed discussion about sexism (including careless or negligent acts of sexism). Over a year later, Jen McCreight, who did some kickass blogging in the wake of the elevator incident and is a fierce fighter for women (and men who want to treat people decently) got driven offline by a brutal campaign of harassment and threats. I’ve included a few posts related to her fight in this sexism sequence.
- Sexism Among Skeptics – A female atheist blogger was propositioned in an elevator late at night after given an entire talk on the way too aggressive come-ons make women feel unwelcome in the atheist movement. Here’s why she definitely wasn’t making a mountain out of a molehill. (Plus an unpleasant personal anecdote).
- Handling Sexism Among Skeptics – But is it really necessary to air all this dirty laundry in public? Is this really a good use of the movement’s time and energy? YES.
- Let’s Talk About Privilege – Living in a sexist culture doesn’t make every guy a sexist, but it means even good guys can perpetuate the sucky way our society works through ignorance. So here are some ways to wise up.
- In the Company of Men – In which the plural of anecdote isn’t data, but I’ve got a dispiriting one handy about how hard it is to call out sexism when you’re the only woman in the room and you’re trying not to call attention to your gender
- Ave atque vale, Jen McCreight – Jen McCreight is fierce, funny, and whip-smart, but she embodies all those adjectives offline after anonymous internet users who hated the way she called out sexism harassed and threatened Jen, her family, and her boss.
- If you can’t take the heat, turn into a tardigrade! – Why “just man up and ignore them” is terrible advice for the targets of harassment
- If you can’t take the heat… once more with feeling – Care to have the argument from the post above illustrated with examples from musical theatre? You’re in luck.